CES 2018 News: LG announce compact short-throw 4K HDR compatible projector

Designed to be different

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 5, 2018 at 1:15 PM


  • LG has announced the HU80KA projector its first 4K UHD model, in a distinctive compact and portable design.
    Up to now, 4K projectors have been tended to be heavy, expensive and difficult to install within the home. Addressing these drawbacks, LG engineers and designers took on the challenge of downsizing the 4K UHD projector without (hopefully) sacrificing image quality. The result was an affordable yet premium device roughly half the size of competing 4K projectors. LG's 4K UHD projector promises superb cinematic experiences thanks to its excellent 4K picture quality and portability, enabling users to create a true movie environment in any room of the house.

    It's worth noting that the HU80KA isn’t a native UHD panel but instead uses something called XPR (Expanded Pixel Resolution) video processing to deliver a 4K UHD resolution with more than 8 million discrete pixels.

    LG's 4K UHD projector can create a 150-inch screen at an amazing 2,500 lumens—LG's brightest projector and it also supports HDR (HDR 10) content. There are built in 7W speakers but external speakers or a sound bar can also be easily connected via an optical output, HDMI or wirelessly through Bluetooth for enhanced audio performance.

    The projector's portable size and unique upright design is made possible by its mirrorless I-shaped engine, which allows the projector to show images whether it is placed on the floor, mounted on the wall or hanging from the ceiling. With a convenient carrying handle and Auto Cord feature, users have a flexibility of installation. The Mirror Reflector may also be used as a lens cover to protect the projector from dust when stored away.

    LG 4K UHD projector owners will have no shortage of content to watch, as the projector's webOS 3.5 smart TV interface can access the most popular online streaming services offering 4K content. The device comes equipped with standard connectivity options for USB, Ethernet and HDMI ports, as well as wireless support for external devices such as a keyboard and mouse.

    "LG's first-ever 4K UHD projector represents the pinnacle of innovation in the portable entertainment market," said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. "Offering superb brightness coupled with a design that offers true versatility, the new HU80KA will lead the way in changing how consumers enjoy 4K content in their home and on the go."

    LG's entire 2018 projector lineup will be on display at the LG Booth in the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

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